A Note from Europe: The End of the World is Nigh

The mid-July headline of the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) commenting on the two debt crises in Europe and the United States reads “The End of the World Is Near – But Only for You.” The article cleverly illustrates the deepening transatlantic gap when it comes to political and economic frames of reference. Americans are […]

Moving Beyond (and Before) the Cold War

I’ll take up the point raised by Shane Maddock’s recent post on moving beyond the Cold War.  I share his feeling that the focus on the conflict has imposed its own “interpretive framework” on scholarship in U.S. foreign relations and international history generally and that this scaffolding can limit our understanding of a slew of […]

The “No Plan” Plan to Rebuild Iraq

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve noticed that the banks that benefited from the Bush administration’s huge bailout claim that they are not keeping track of the funds that the federal government has provided them.  They are not interested in telling the public how they have allocated the funds, how they […]